28 One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he
“So now this is something I am sitting with: I simultaneously applaud Jesus for giving a black eye to the religious elites who were seeking to control and economically exploit their people… while also firmly of the opinion that politicians who make populism central to their rhetoric and politics are dangerous to the health and vibrancy of a liberal democratic political system.” #dailyoffice
“Jesus seems to me to be saying: sure, structure and hierarchy can be useful, but how about we spend our time focusing on loving and serving others instead of arguing over who gets to call the shots.” #dailyoffice
What stands out to me here is how calm Jesus seems to be, even to the point of being slightly annoyed with his friends for freaking out about the storm. To use psychology terms, he was able to suppress his amygdala anxiety threat response which allowed his prefrontal cortex to stay online and deal with the situation with all his “thinking cylinders” firing.
Many theological stories and images may lead one to think that God is “stingy,” withholding blessings and love on conditions of righteousness, behavioral rectitude, and moral purity, Here, though, Jesus teaches us that the Kingdom is just the opposite.
It is often a painful experience to live authentically when it puts us at odds with our friends and family. Our brains have evolved to organize almost all of our thoughts and behavior through group identities and group cohesion. … This is part of the reason why our communities are not thrilled if we decide to chart a new course with our lives.” #dailyoffice